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Western Australia, Perth, the Coral Coast, Margaret River and the Kimberleys

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Western Australia

Western  Australia was established as a British colony in the 1820s, but like the rest of Australia was inhabited for over 40000 years by indigenous Australians with many tribal groups and languages. Early European explorers from several  countries had landed and explored the long coastline in the 1600s and 1700s.

Perth on the Swan River became the seat of government and later capital city of Western Australia. Fremantle  and Albany were also settled early. Originally founded like South Australia as a convict free settlement, economic difficulties saw the need for WA to become a penal colony between 1850 and 1868.

Perth  offers  tourists plenty to do and see.  Beaches are  some 30 minutes from the CBD, and its retail centres; Kings Park - one of the largest city parks in the world, Botanic Gardens,  the sounds of the Swan Bells, the Perth Mint, fine restaurants.   Sporting interests include winning the America�s Cup in the 1980s, the successful  Hopman Cup; sporting arenas include the WACA & Perth Stadium.
North from Perth  are towns  such as Geraldton serving as a hub for road and train traffic bringing goods from further inland.  Tourist attractions such as Monkey Mia, Rottnest Island, The Pinnacles, Shark Bay and Ningaloo Reef are found on the Coral Coast.

The Pilbara area includes Mount Tom Price, Karatha, Port Hedland,  Newman and the Karinjini National Park, Right through Northern Australia can be found indigenous rock art dating back thousands of years.

The Kimberley Region of Western Australia holds many wonders: the Bungle Bungles, Wave Rock, Broome and its pearling history, Kununurra and the Ord Irrigation Scheme and Lake Argyll, Wyndham.  Northern  Western  Australia has huge cattle stations.  Halls Creek � the site of a brief gold rush in 1885 was relocated in the 1950s due to lack of water, and there are still ruins to explore.

In the 1880s gold was discovered at Kalgoorlie and Coolgardie  (east of Perth) and this opened up the  area towards the South Australian border. Trains from Sydney to Perth opened more avenues for settlers. Known as the Golden Outback, this huge area also  includes Mt Magnet � another goldrush town. This area stretches  from the Coral coast to South Australia�s border and from the Pilbara to Esperance in the South where in Winter and Spring, beautiful beaches rugged coastlines take a back seat to the Hump Back whales in the Great Australian Bight.

Albany, Bunbury and Busselton are cities  in  the south west  and attract many tourists with whale watching , giant forests with sky high walkways, the wine areas of Margaret River, The Stirling Range National Park where travellers can be overwhelmed by the natural beauty of Western Australia�s wildflowers.


Mountains in the near of Kununurra
Near Kununurra
Sunset through pine trees at Busselton beach, Western Australia
Busselton Beach
Bungle Bungle National park, Western Australia
Bungle Bungle
Australian landscape with geological feature of rolling hills. Bungle Bungle national park, Western Australia.
Bungle Bungles

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